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Old 11-16-2010, 09:50 PM   #1
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grouting rough slate tiles


I'm about to grout my kitchen.

Any tips on how to get all of the grout out of those ridges on rough slate tiles?

I tried a grout bag my last project and it wouldn't flow for me so I threw it away and went back to the old "smear and spread" method. I find that I can't get it as clean as I want it. Those ridges just collect the grout and are impossible to clean !!!! Does grout release even work for this problem?

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Sealer will help. All stone tile should be sealed first anyway.
Grout release will also help.
When grouting go slow and use a toothbrush as you clean up. I have never had a slate floor I couldn't get clean.

A grout bag has a slight learning-curve but it is easy. The grout must be a mixed slightly thinner than usual to keep it from coagulating in the narrows of the bag too soon.

Using a good (new) grout float is a key factor also. Try the gummed-rubber grout float.

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